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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Is Your Truffle Oil the Real Deal? or Be Informed, Don't Blow Your Dough

Hello again, Truffle Fans.

Today I'm sharing a truffle oil recipe I hope you will enjoy.  I read and look for information constantly about truffles and truffle products.  As you know, I'm a self-described fanatic for the real thing. I even order truffle butter when I find it on the web just so I know my competition.  I recently ordered some from Amazon and was completely disappointed to find it to be the same old truffle flavored "stuff" with a little black summer truffle added to it.  So, that's why the title of today's post...

Well, I found a couple of posts on ChowHound yesterday I thought you might like to see -- enjoy good information about buying truffles and another delicious pasta recipe.

The other thing I found was a post by another truffle person who shared the message I preach constantly -- Truffle Oil (unless you make it yourself or get it from an individual who does),  is just perfumed oil.  So, if you want to make your own truffle oil, here's how you do it.

This recipe came from The Provence CookBook, 175 Recipes and Select Guide to the Markets, Shops and & Restaurants of France's Sunny South by Patricia Wells, HarperCollins Publishers.  Thanks Patricia!  This is a great book with good information as well as the great recipes.

Truffle Oil (Huile de Truffe(from Page 319, The Pantry)

1 Tablespoon minced truffle peelings
1 cup grapeseed oil (good quality has no real flavor)

In a small saucepan, combine the peelings and oil.  Heat over low heat just until the oil becomes fragrant, 1-2 minutes.  Cover securely and set aside at room temperature for up to 3 days.  Check regularly to judge the infusing power of the truffle.  After 3 days, filter the oil and use the truffle peelings for another use.  Refrigerate the oil for up to 3 more days or freeze for up to 2 months.

This, folks, is the answer to a question I'm often asked, "Do you make truffle oil?"  This is the reason why I do not sell truffle oil.  I probably never will until I have a regular customer base to buy this oil fresh from me when it is at its absolute best.

However, I am almost ready to market truffle salt and truffle honey so stay tuned.

Enjoy this beautiful fall and, until next time...
Think Truffles!